Intersection under investigation

IN response to questions raised about road safety at the Matilda service station intersection, a Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesman said an investigation would identify any improvements that need to be made, if any.

On behalf of Federal Minister for Main Roads Craig Wallace, the spokesman said a number of safety improvements to the intersection had already been undertaken in the past 15 years.

“Separate left and right-turn lanes have been constructed, additional lighting has been erected and warning signage has been installed in an effort to improve safety,” he said.

“In 2003, the department also reduced the speed limit from 100kmh to 80kmh at this location. Since the reduced speed was implemented there has been a significant reduction in the number of crashes.”

Following the recent fatal crash, the spokesman said the Department of Transport and Main Roads would be working with the Queensland Police Service in investigating the crash as part of standard procedures.

“The department is also undertaking an independent investigation, as it does with any fatality on the state-controlled road network, and will act on any recommendations relating to the road environment if identified as part of these investigations.

“If improvements are identified as part of the investigations, the department will seek funding from the federal government.”

Gympie Times


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